Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc coming west in early 2014
posted on 07.06.13 at 07:14 PM EST by (@salromano)
Spike Chunsoft adventure game headed for western PS Vitas.

Danganronpa 1&2 Reload is coming to North America and Europe.

Well, half of it, at least.

At Anime Expo in Los Angeles, NIS America announced Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a “revised and revamped edition” of the original Danganronpa launched in 2010, for release in early 2014. It does not appear to include Danganronpa 2, like the upcoming Japanese release.

You’ll play as Makoto Naegi, a desperately average teenager who somehow finds himself accepted into Hope’s Peak Academy, a prestigious high school normally reserved for the country’s “ultimate” students.” But when he and his classmates find themselves fighting for their lives after an evil mastermind takes them all prisoner, it’s up to him to unmask the villain.

Find a full story description and list of features below.

Hope’s Peak Academy is home to Japan’s best and brightest high school students—the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It’s up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you’ve been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for—sometimes there’s nothing more deadly than the truth…

Key Features

  • Daily Life, Deadly Life: Trapped in a school-turned-prison, students are murdering each other one by one. You’ll have to investigate each incident, search for clues, and talk to your classmates to try and get to the bottom of each brutal case!
  • Mock Trial: The nefarious Monokuma serves as judge, jury, and executioner as you engage in deadly wordplay, going back and forth with suspects, dissecting their statements and firing their words back at them to expose their lies!
  • Popularity Contest: Sway classmates to your side in each investigation, squeezing information from them to figure out who did it. And when you do, turn up the heat in a variety of timing and reflex-based game systems to uncover the truth and save your skin!

Visit the game’s official website here.

  • Jesse

    It’s kind of odd that it’s only the first one, but if, more likely when, the first one sells well, we’ll get the second one.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      And maybe even get the collection for Vita? :(

      • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

        This will be the Vita game, just split off from the Japanese 1&2 collection. God knows why they didn’t buy the fantl before it was released and translated the second game with their own translators. I fear that this game will be digital only because of this. That and people who were interested in Danganronpa might have already played the first game.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Why only the 1st half? And how can they break it. >_<;

        • Hating Ass Nigga

          I agree,they could have just bought the translation from those guys and started work on the 2nd.I’m not really the biggest fan of digital stuff anyway so I might have to skip the first.

          • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

            Exactly what I’m talking about. Less incentive for people to buy the game, less sales, less incentive for NISA to translate and localize the second game.

  • Tenshiken

    With this and Zero’s Escape, hopefully the psp/vita visual novel market can open up in the west.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Steins;Gate (& Fan Disk?), F/SN Those would be awesome to have come west.

      • PrinceHeir

        didn’t Chaos;Head came to Vita? what about Robotics;Notes?

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          I know R;N didn’t. Not… sure about C;H.

          • PrinceHeir

            i see.

            nice name though! :D

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              Indeed. Heh.

  • DesmaX

    Oh, NISA? That’s a surprise, didn’t think they would pick these kind of games.

    Oh well, this one sounds pretty cool

  • MosquitoLemon

    An excellent choice, didn’t think we’d ever see this over here.

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    Why would they release only half of it?I’m guessing it will be DD only then,might avoid then as I already have it DD on psp.

    • Kuma Kabo

      Well, chances are they’re going to see how sales are before jumping in and localizing 2 as well. If you don’t buy it, it’s that much smaller of a chance that we’ll get the second.

      It would be a huge investment for NISA to localize two full visual novels and sell it for the price of one typical game, especially since visual novels are going to cost them a lot more in worktime to get done than a typical game.

      • Hating Ass Nigga

        The first game is already in English,Why can’t they just buy the translation from Project Z and work on the 2nd game? I’m sure he would be happy to sell it too.

        I think most fans of Dagan Ronpa who own a PSP likely already have the first game anyway.Just kinda feels like a wasted opportunity.

  • Kanasuke2

    there’s actually a fan translation of this already so strictly speaking it has already “come west.”

  • Elvick

    Half? ): Lame.

    I see digital only in this game’s future.

  • DarthBrian

    I’m going to take this as nothing but very very good news. :)

    EDIT: Though now that we’re getting it, I’m not sure I should keep watching the anime or not. Spoilers. :p

  • Dave_O_Segundo

    So weird for them to announce a release for only the first game (when the japanese release comes with 1 and 2) a few days after the release of the fan translation, and the fact that they are using hope’s peak instead of kibougamine shows that they are not using the fan one for reference. Well I’m still going to buy to support a possible release of 2 on america, though I will be very disappointed if their translation don’t have the same quality as the amazing fan one.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    No worry NIS you are slightly forgiven for Time and Eternity now

  • PrinceHeir

    while it’s a shame they’re only bringing the first game, i think as others said they wanted to test this first to see if there is a market

    im willing to buy this Day 1 so count me in!!!

    funny how the fan translation was just released a week ago XD

    either way thanks NIS!!

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    Oh my god!!! I can’t!!!

  • whiteferrero

    Great News! And I’m just getting into the anime too!

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    Day 0 NISA, just let me know when I can preorder on Amazon and we’ll be set. Hopefully 2 comes in short order.

  • bloodiOS

    Nice! Thank you, NISA!
    By the way, I just realized that Monobear’s voice sounds a lot like Doraemon… I think I’m gonna have nightmare tonight…

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      That’s gotta be the scariest/weirdest thing since that Doraemon commercial featuring Jean Reno.

      • bloodiOS

        Oh Heaven, don’t remind me!

    • Mellozine

      Monobears voice actress voice actually played Doraemon for about 30 years. Good ear!

  • Van Sora

    with danganronpa getting an anime and all and now it’s coming to the west i feel it’s getting way to much attention, i’ve played the first two and they aren’t that good, well, at least i hope that they fix it with this tittle.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    And I was so close to reading the stories spoilers.Saved at the last second.

  • artemisthemp

    I really looking forward to this title :)

  • Jontaku

    Great News. Not the biggest fan of the subtitle but it’s greats news anyway

  • Shady Shita

    AWESOME , PS Vita is becoming the #1 JRPG console

  • Speedo Redempteur

    i don’t get why we don’t get the 2 games.
    Don’t get me wrong , the first game is awesome .. but localising both ( or at least annoncing both game at diffferent dates ) would have been much better for me.

    It’s not like everyone won’t watch the anime airing , making most of the game pointless, right ?

    • Justin Nguyen

      The game is the superior version compared to the anime, considering that the anime was a rushed mess. This gives a more detailed description of things. (Although, NIS America was a bit dumb to not include SDR2